We are pleased to continue the publication of the series of haikus, under the common title "The old poet speaks gently", offered to us by their author, Herman van Rompuy, former president of the European Council.

Original version of haikus is in French.
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Summer slowly slips away
To the colours of autumn
The eternal charm

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Butterflies fly
Without even knowing
In which countries they are

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The light is still bright
The leaf hanging on the branch
Time slips away slowly